COAT OF SMILES, parody art of iconic symbols. A duck's hat, a mouse's ears and a smiling yellow button. Three iconic things in one image.

The PAPERWALKER Journal is the personal weblog of award-winning character designer Florian Satzinger – who worked on characters such as Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Looney Tunes (Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Silvester etc.), Pinky And The Brain, A.J.Hogg and Scooby-Doo – in which he shares bits and pieces of his character design work, processes, visual development, inspirations and reference materials of current, past and future projects.
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Monday, January 18, 2021

"If I was a bird, ..."

If Donald Duck would have to audition for his role as Donald Duck, he certainly would would f**k it up beyond belief.

This is an early rough visual development test bit from a foxy project in cooperation with my pal and well-tried Disney writer Denis-Pierre Filippi. Certainly, this very bit here has nothing to do with the actual story/project, it was done for warm-up reasons of sorts, playing with the character, exploring a/the style. An exploration thingy all through.
Reference photo: "Duck Fan", sculpture by artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz. All rights reserved. (via)

#donaldduck #visualdevelopment #roughsketch #productionart #warmupdrawing #bluepencils #denispierrefilippi

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

3D Sculpt: ACME's Yellow All-Terrain Glove Rover 313

Digital sculpt by Giacomo Cregut.

#3dsculpt #digitalsculpt #donaldduck #parody #evelknievel #homage #popartlife #yellowglove #characterdesign

Friday, January 08, 2021

Duct-ed Duck

Do you remember the duct-taped duck from 2019? The duck's mood changed from surprise to pure annoyance, now. Even the new paper hat couldn't cheer him up.
I could calm him down a little, with the help of a Sharpie.
Below: I placed the original sketch kit and the finished piece in juxtaposition. For the three dimensional body effect I put a potato (cut in half) to use. I think the last time I did this - except for cooking of course - was in Kindergarten or primary school. However, as you can see, the potato has already completely dried-out, the original artwork is slowly collapsing.
#ducttape #ducttapedduck #duckbasel #paperhat #characterillustration #parodyart #popartlife

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Well aged paper and rocket science

This is a preliminary sketch of a narky rocket science duck, from2014/15 or so, to which I added some rough digital shading. However, I love the touch the well aged paper gives to the drawing, now.

#pencildrawing #bluepencils #wellagedpaper #characterdesign #cartoonduck #madscientist #rocketscience #pencilvspencil #juxtapose

Monday, January 04, 2021

Why waiting for the "Art of" book ...

At regular intervals, until the show's official opening in spring, I will post unused concept artwork of the production, here.

Like this rough layout test, one of the (many) ideas I had for the promotional poster sujet, which in the end turned out quite too detailed and the featured character was way too small. The exhibit's executive producer politely suggested a sujet with more visual impact qualities.
I am still amazed at what shading adds to a sketch, even the roughest use of it.
#roughlayout #testsujet #visualdevelopment #exhibit #kasematten #schlossberg #graz #theartoffloriansatzinger

Thursday, December 31, 2020

The past year felt like an incredibly long day, ...

... on a wall like a fly, with a strange perspective on life. To that effect, Happy New Year, everyone! Things will get better!
#pencilsketch #bluepencils #roughsketch #duckonthewall #roughdrawing #roughlayout

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Dragon photobombing a duck-star's photo op

Actually, I wanted to introduce you to one of the duck stars of my upcoming show but unfortunately a dragon was photobombing the scene, chewing on the duck.
#kasematten #orpheum #buehnengraz #spielstaettengraz #theartoffloriansatzinger #exhibit #characterdesign #schlossberg #castlehill #exhibition

Monday, December 28, 2020

About Ducks, Knights And Finely Crafted Rocketships,
And Sundry Other Delicacies

Alright, here's the thing I was teasing, last week.

After having recklessly shanghaied some of the most beautiful Romanticism paintings (especially the ones by Carl Spitzweg, Caspar David Friedrich and Albert Bierstadt) in the past years, the ducks are now going for the big party. In spring 2021 they'll highjack and mask a whole historic site, for real. No mockups, no photomontage. Real real.

A giant larger-than-billboard-size imagery exhibit high above the rooftops of the City of Graz, Austria, at the iconic Kasematten Theatre, located on Castle-Hill, Schloßberg. Right in the middle of the city's historic centre.

Sincere thanks to the show's executive producers Bernhard Rinner and Michael Tassis and the exhibit's production head Daniel Polzer for the striking support and hard work. More details about the show and its contents will follow in February.

On this historic cityscape here, portraying Graz ca. 1830, the yellow flag roughly marks today's actual location of the show's venue. Additionally, please find attached two photos, one of Castle-Hill (photo by Gerhard Eder) and the other one shows the Kasematten's east entrance.

Bühnen Graz
#Kasematten #Graz #Austria #exhibition #popart #ducks #characterdesign #largebillboards #spring2021 #artshow #exhibit #animationart #spielstättengraz #bühnengraz

Thursday, December 24, 2020


Ducks do build snowbirds, not snowmen, of course. Happy holidays, everyone!
#seasonsgreetings #schneeente #snowduck #happyholidays

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Fire Eggs And Friendly Flames

Quite recently, a crackingly beautiful project has been given green light. This is a little pre-announcement - in the form of this rough visual development sketch, designated to make you interested a little without giving away anything - of an announcement I'll be making here next Monday, December 28th.
#preannouncement #greenlight #project

Friday, December 18, 2020

The Loud Duck

Well, look who it ain't! David Galvis did a lovely digital sculpt of my 'Loud Duck', recently.

Watch the clip on YouTube in high resolution HERE ▶

Here is the complete "The Loud Duck" development sheet, it's a kind of a further stage of the Daffy Duck parody, the feathers are winter-white, now:

#sculpt #characterdesign #digitalart #digitalsculpt #blender3d #cartoon #3dcharacter #visdev #duck